WASHINGTON CITY – A 35-year-old Taylorsville man was arrested Saturday for drug possession and unlawful finance card acquisition after he reportedly attempted to steal merchandise from the Washington Wal-Mart, located at 625 W. Telegraph Road in Washington.
A Wal-Mart employee saw Justin McCandless conceal store merchandise in his backpack and then proceed past all points of sale, Washington City Police Officer Brady Argyle said in his probable cause statement supporting the arrest.
McCandless was stopped by Wal-Mart Loss Prevention and the store items were found in his possession, Argyle said in the statement. A warrant was then obtained to search McCandless’ vehicle.
Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found in McCandless’ vehicle during the search, Argyle said in the statement, and McCandless admitted they belonged to him.
During the search of the vehicle, officers also discovered two Utah driver’s licenses that did not belong to McCandless, along with nine credit/debit cards that also did not belong to McCandless.
“(McCandless) admitted to possessing the credit/debit cards knowing that they were stolen,” Argyle said in the statement.
Argyle ran McCandless through the Utah system and was notified that he had two outstanding warrants for his arrest.
McCandless was arrested and charged with one third-degree felony for drug possession; nine third-degree felonies for unlawful acquisition of a finance card without consent; two class A misdemeanors for possessing another person’s identifying documents without consent; and a class B misdemeanor for the possession of drug paraphernalia.
McCandless was booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on Saturday, where he is being held without bail.
According to Utah court documents, McCandless’ warrants stemmed from similar charges of unlawful acquisition and unlawful use of a finance card, for which he was arrested and charged earlier this year and then failed to appear at a court hearing.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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